Child Care Leaders in the United States take home approximately $10.84 per hour on average. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — a majority — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by just over two-fifths and dental plans are enjoyed by over a third. Women make up the vast majority of Child Care Leaders (84 percent) who answered the questionnaire. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$23,500 - $39,708
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MEDIAN: $30,000
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$8.59 - $16.75
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MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$30,000  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $979  
Total Pay (?
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$17,820 - $36,731  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 9
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.59 - $16.75  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.91  
Overtime
$11.07 - $24.58  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $979  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$17,820 - $36,731  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 87
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Job Description for Child Care Leader

A child care leader works at a child care center and coordinates the daily operations of the center. The child care center may be an after-school program for younger children or a day care center for infants and toddlers. The child care leader will make sure that administrative duties are carried out and that the children are well taken care of.

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Child Care Leader Tasks

  • Prepare for daily activities before children’s arrival, clean and organize the room at the end of the day.
  • Engage in regular communications with parents regarding their children and school curriculum.
  • Teach and monitor groups of children, ensure their safety, enforce rules, and resolve conflicts.
  • Make sure health and safety regulations are met, including participating in emergency drills and filling out injury reports.

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Child Care Leaders who move on to become Directors of Child Care may enjoy significant pay raises, as Directors of Child Care get paid an average of $32K per year. Becoming a Preschool Teacher is, more often than not, the most common role that Child Care Leaders move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $25K. Another frequent advance is for Child Care Leaders to assume a Daycare Teacher role; in this role, workers often earn $21K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Child Care Leader

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $23K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $23K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $25K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn any more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts.

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Experience Affects Child Care Leader Salaries

Experienced
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Late-Career
up arrow 7%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$23,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 9 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 42%
dental benefits
Dental: 35%
medical benefits
Vision: 30%
dental benefits
None: 56%
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